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Parkland Board Prepares for Return to Campus in Fall

Board of Trustees General Meeting, July 21

Parkland College's Board of Trustees recently made strategic preparations for the return to campus this fall, including renewal of employee contracts and library database services and the purchase of a new ambulance simulator.

At its regular meeting Wednesday, the board also heard spring and summer enrollment reports from Kristin Smigielski, dean of enrollment management, and reviewed the tentative budget for FY2022. The tentative budget will be on display for public viewing in the college's business office and a public notice will appear in the News-Gazette. 

Trustees approved collective bargaining agreements with each of the college's part-time faculty, public safety officers, professional support staff, and academic employees.

Mark Sheldon, chairman of the Middleground PAC, came to honor Trustee Johnson, a former United States Congressman, during public comments by announcing a new endowed scholarship to the Parkland Foundation in his name. Mr. Sheldon shared that the announcement comes as part of an effort to distribute the funds remaining from Johnson’s prior congressional campaigns to charitable causes.

The board also approved various purchases to support the incoming class for the fall semester, including software for Parkland College Learning Commons' open-access digital repository, SPARK; database resources from EBSCO; and an ambulance simulator. SPARK boasts more than 5,500 digital scholar objects. The Learning Commons (formerly the Parkland Library) will also be supported by a renewed contract with EBSCO, which provides information-research resources and infrastructure. 

The new ambulance simulator will provide Health Professions students with "real-life" emergency medical training. It will consist of a "rear box" patient treatment compartment with lighting, storage, air, ventilation, sound, and power for auxiliary equipment.

In other business, trustees approved:

  • updates to the Policy and Procedures Manual

  • the bid from DiaMedical of Michigan for the ambulance simulator, $38,990

  • the bid from TSI Commercial Flooring for the removal and installation of carpet in the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) space in the Parkland on Mattis facility, $43,590

  • Canteen Vending Corporation as the vending service provider beginning August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2024

  • adoption of the resolution affirming the College's participation in the Champaign County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2020

  • renewal of the 3-year lease with Education for Employment (EFE) through July 1, 2024

  • the purchase of:  

    • new grounds equipment from Deere & Company, $90,055

    • SPARK Institutional Repository renewal, $25,856

    • EBSCO Parkland Learning Commons Package renewal, $33,113

  • the filing of the following grant applications:

    • U.S. Department of Education: Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): FY22 Scaling Apprenticeship Program Supplemental Grant

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Apprenticeship Grant: Customized Apprenticeship Programming—Information Technology (CAP-IT) (DOL-ETA, Year 3 funding)

  • the acceptance of funds from external sources:

    • Local Workforce Development Board 17—LWIA 17 Youth Committee: WIOA Youth Programming

    • Illinois Community College Board (ICCB): Early School Leaver Transition Program

  • personnel appointments: 

    • Tracey Hickox, Instructional Services Coordinator, Learning Commons

    • Rebecca Lewis, Selective Admissions Associate, Admissions

    • Julianna Liffick, Assistant Teacher, Child Development Center

Staerkel Planetarium to Reopen for Public Shows

Staerkel Planetarium Returns to In-Person Public Shows for 2021-2022

The William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College will resume offering public shows this August.
 
Beginning August 6, the planetarium will offer Summer Prairie Skies, a live-narrated tour of the night sky, on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following at 8 p.m., the new fulldome video Birth of Planet Earth will debut.

Birth of Planet Earth, produced in part by the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, will air on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through October 29.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure will show on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. through September 11. A new children's program, Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? will premiere on September 18 at 6:30 p.m. and run through October 29.

Following the Phase 5 guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health, masks will not be required for people who are fully vaccinated. The planetarium will follow a modified program schedule on Friday and Saturday evenings to allow for cleaning between shows.
 
The planetarium is available for private group shows throughout the week, and can also be booked for birthday parties, weddings, meetings, and other events depending on staff availability.

For updated show schedules, please go to parkland.edu/planetarium. Group shows may be reserved by contacting the planetarium office at 217/351-2568 or planetarium@parkland.edu.

Four Cobras Programs Earn Academic Recognition From NJCAA

Thirty-eight student-athletes earn individual recognition

Parkland College Athletics and Parkland College are proud to announce the academic success of Cobras student-athletes for the 2020-21 academic year. The National Junior College Athletic Association recognizes teams as well as individual student-athletes for their success in the classroom. 

 

Cobras Athletics had four programs receive NJCAA All-Academic Team recognition for having achieved a combined team GPA of 3.00 or higher for both semesters. Those programs were softball (3.40), women’s soccer (3.30), volleyball (3.28), and baseball (3.24).  

 

Individual student-athletes are recognized in three different categories: NJCAA All-Academic First Team (4.00), Second Team (3.80-3.99), and Third Team (3.60-3.79). A total of 38 Parkland student-athletes received All-Academic recognition. (See full list below.) Twelve earned a spot on the First Team, earning a perfect 4.00 for both the fall and the spring semesters. Twelve more were named to the Second Team, and fourteen were named to the Third Team. 

 

Parkland teams receiving NJCAA All-Academic Team recognition 

Parkland College Softball                               3.40 

Parkland College Women’s Soccer                3.30 

Parkland College Volleyball                          3.28 

Parkland College Baseball                             3.24 

 

2020-21 NJCAA All-Academic First Team (4.00) 

David Ascencio Jr. – Baseball 

Kyle Brown – Baseball 

Lizzy Davis – Softball 

Ella Godsell – Volleyball 

Linda Jancola – Women’s Soccer 

Hogan McIntosh – Baseball 

Michelle Miller – Women’s Soccer 

Matt Parenteau – Baseball 

Summerlyn Smith – Volleyball 

Kaylee Warren – Softball 

Noah Weiman – Baseball 

Sophie Young – Volleyball 

 

2020-21 NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (3.80-3.99) 

Matheus Araujo – Men’s Soccer 

Kanay Benschneider – Volleyball 

Reagan Cheely – Softball 

Aynsleigh DeFries – Softball 

Sydney Eichelberger – Softball 

Summer Johnson – Softball 

Cole Jones – Baseball 

Johnny Lambert – Baseball 

Parker Mathieson – Baseball 

Brendan Tupper – Baseball 

Maddy Wade – Women’s Soccer 

Jack Young – Baseball 

 

2020-21 NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (3.60-3.79) 

Sam Beesley – Men’s Basketball 

Josh Candler – Men’s Basketball 

Tristan Cazel – Baseball 

Brennan Dolwick – Baseball 

Nicholas Fazzari – Baseball 

Victor Fujiu – Baseball 

Mady Harper – Women’s Basketball 

Brittney Litton – Volleyball 

Jeff Madden – Baseball 

Allie Scally – Women’s Soccer 

Emily Senjan – Softball 

Kelvin Swims – Men’s Basketball 

Anna Walker – Softball 

Claire Wilhour – Women’s Basketball 

 

[Article by Joey Gruner]

Parkland's Project READ Receives 2021 Spotlight Awards

Project READ Recognized with State Award

Project READ at Parkland College has won Spotlight Awards from Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jessie White.

White's office announced the awards Thursday during the Spotlight On Literacy Awards for Outstanding Literacy Students and Tutors, a virtual ceremony honoring 10 volunteer tutors and 10 learners in Illinois literacy programs.

Project READ graduate Belinda Guillen received the Spotlight on Achievement Award, and tutor Linda "Penny" Lopez earned the Spotlight on Service Award.


"Two years ago, I could not construct a complete sentence in English," Guillen wrote in her application essay. "Now, I can communicate better, and it has had an impact on my life. Project READ has been very helpful to me, due to the excellent tutoring I received."

Guillen works as an outreach team leader at the New American Welcome Center for the University YMCA. She serves as a trusted link between various organizations and Spanish-speaking community members to help address their needs. 

For Lopez, the win is all about love and acceptance.

"As a team, we have added to our understanding and acceptance of the people around us," she shared in her essay. "I learn so much from my students. I am honored as they share their lives and customs. I am awed at the effort they put into learning a new language.

"It is a reason to get up in the morning and make a difference. I believe that what the world needs now is love, and understanding each other is part of that path."

For more information about Project READ, please visit parkland.edu/projectread, email projectread@parkland.edu, or call 217/351-2580.

Parkland Theatre Returns for 2021-2022 Season

Parkland Theatre Returns for 2021-2022 Season

Parkland College Theatre is returning after being placed on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and announced its 2021-2022 performance calendar.

Actors Studio Student Production
Playing God

Written and directed by Felix Crim

A sophisticated drama exploring the pre-meditated murders of a serial killer. Life imitates art in this thriller that blurs the lines of good versus evil. Follow our detectives as they unravel the mystery and the reasoning for these gruesome murders. Will the killer be caught? Take the dive into madness in this new work by Felix Crim.

Rating: Mature
Performances: September 30 and October 1, 2, 3
Parkland College Second Stage
Tickets: free; donations accepted at the door


She Kills Monsters
By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Michael O’Brien

Revised 2016 edition. She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ‘90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Rating: Teen
Performances: November 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14
Parkland College Second Stage
Tickets: Adult $20, Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $18, Group (10 or more) $16. Opening night is half-price!


10 out of 12
By Anne Washburn
Directed by BJ Gailey

Anne Washburn's 10 out of 12 is a frighteningly accurate and deeply funny record of the hardest day any theatre artist can endure- the all-day technical rehearsal, also known as the "10 out of 12." Distilled from years of production notes, the play focuses on a hopelessly-behind-schedule production during one of its last rehearsals before opening to the public. The tech crew is distracted, the actors are fighting (when they aren't missing their cues), and the director and stage manager are just trying to get through the night without anyone dying or killing anyone. 10 out of 12 shows in hilarious and horrifying detail how theatre can inspire, frustrate, and madden its makers.

Rating: Mature
Performances: February 17, 18, 19, 20, and 25, 26, 27
Parkland College Second Stage
Tickets: Adult $20, Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $18, Group (10 or more) $16. Opening night is half-price!


The SpongeBob Musical
By Kyle Jarrow and Tina Landau
Directed by Chelsea Collier

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, the Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, and more.

Rating: Family
Performances: April 14,15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and May 1.
Harold and Jean Miner Theatre
Tickets: Adult $25, Student/Youth/Senior/Veteran $22, Group (10 or more) $20, Children 12 and under $12. Opening night is half-price!
 
Ticket information. Parkland Theatre tickets must be purchased either in advance online or from the ticket booth at the time of the performance; ticket reservations will no longer be accepted. All sales are final, no refunds or exchanges allowed. Visit parkland.edu/theatretickets for more information.

Become a Friend of Parkland Theatre. Your donations help us to continue to provide high quality productions. For more information, visit parkland.edu/theatre-HowToGive.

For more information on show ratings, visit parkland.edu/theatre.

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